Spam and Other Ways to Spend Your Free Time

With the season officially over here in Chautauqua, NY, I find I have more time on my hands now. So, of course I started looking for ways to spend it. And I remembered….my spam folder.

Are you getting more spam than usual these days? Do you suppose the spammers are increasingly desperate, or do they just have more time on their hands?

Or maybe they think we do? I have a little time, so I’m sharing some of my best.

Here’s one I got this week. Do we think that English was not the spammer’s first language?

It looks like someone logged into your account from a device “iPhone XR” on August 24, 2021. The login took place somewhere near Norfolk, VA, United States (IP =, and do something with your card.

Please verify your account information now, or your account will be locked permanent soon.

The address was not (gasp) from Apple, as claimed. It came from a long string of letters, which I’m sure was a mistake. Maybe somebody’s cat walked across their computer keyboard at a crucial moment?

Just a tip. If the poor grammar doesn’t seal the deal for you in your own spam email, click on the address until you can see who it’s really from.

Then last week I got this one from “Netflix”:

P𝅶𝗅𝖾𝖺𝅶𝗌𝖾 U𝗉𝅶𝖽𝖺𝅶𝗍𝖾 Yğ—ˆğ—Žğ…¶ğ—‹ P𝖺𝅶𝗒𝗆𝖾𝅶𝗇𝗍 D𝖾𝗍𝅶𝖺𝗂𝗅𝗌
𝖶𝅶𝖾’𝗋𝅷𝖾 𝗁𝖺𝅶𝗏𝗂𝗇𝅶𝗀 𝗌𝗈𝗆𝅶𝖾 ğ—ğ—‹ğ—ˆğ…¶ğ—Žğ–»ğ—…ğ…¶ğ–¾ 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁 ğ—’ğ—ˆğ—Žğ—‹ ğ–¼ğ—Žğ…¶ğ—‹ğ—‹ğ–¾ğ…¶ğ—‡ğ— 𝖻𝗂𝗅𝅶𝗅𝗂𝗇𝅶𝗀 i𝗇𝅶f𝗈𝗋𝗆𝅶𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝅶𝗇. W𝖾𝅶’𝗅𝗅 𝗍𝅶𝗋𝗒 𝖺𝗀𝅶𝖺i𝗇, ğ–»ğ—Žğ— 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗆𝖾𝅶𝖺𝗇𝗍𝗂𝅶𝗆𝅶𝖾 ğ–¸ğ—ˆğ…¶ğ—Ž 𝗆𝖺𝅶𝗒 𝗐𝖺𝅶𝗇𝗍 𝗍𝗈 ğ—Žğ—‰ğ…¶ğ–½ğ…¶ğ–ºğ—ğ–¾ ğ—’ğ…¶ğ—ˆğ—Žğ…¶ğ—‹ 𝗉𝖺𝗒𝅶𝗆𝅶𝖾𝗇𝅶𝗍 𝖽𝖾𝗍𝖺𝗂𝗅𝗌.,


Thanks but nope. I just have this weird feeling that since my Netflix is still working fine and a different cat seems to have walked across a different keyboard, I should send this email to my spam folder, too.

So enough of me. When I told my son about the spam that’s been slipping through, he sent me the above video. I highly recommend you watch and enjoy. I sure did.

How about you? Craziest spam you’ve gotten? While it’s not nearly in the same category as the video here, Enjoy this poem I wrote using mine more than ten years ago. After all, we have to work with what we’re given, right?

Maybe I’d better just spend my time working on another book.


  1. Terry Guerra on September 2, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Yes, please! (Spend your time working on another 📕)

  2. Kate C on September 2, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Craziest spam: the camera on my computer has been accessed and the spammer has been watching everything I do. If I don’t want these files sent to my employer, I need to send them money.

    Hilarious, since the computer doesn’t have a camera, I am my own boss, and I don’t care if I watch quilting videos while I wait on hold.

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